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Grand Prix: Fressinet Takes Down Grischuk

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  • on 24/09/13 00:16.

Alexander Grischuk, one of the favourites to win the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris), suffered an early loss against Laurent Fressinet in the second round on Monday. The Frenchman played the rare move 4.Bf4 against Grischuk's Queen's Indian, but the ending was not so clear. When Grischuk got into timetrouble, Fressinet outplayed him and won on move 44. The other five games ended in draws and so Fressinet shares the lead with Boris Gelfand.

Again five out of six games at the Grand Prix ended in draws, but this time two of those "fights" ended very quickly. Etienne Bacrot and Vassily Ivanchuk were barely out of the opening when they started to repeat moves. An alternative for Black would have been 17...c5.

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Bacrot-Ivanchuk, the shortest game of the round...

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...when Ivanchuk enjoyed the commentary by Dutch GMs Sergey Tiviakov and Robin van Kampen...

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...and even joined the show! (See the video below!)

Tomashevsky-Gelfand lasted a bit longer, but these players also followed theory for quite a while (in this case a 1970 game!). In this line in the Grünfeld White gives his queen for a rook and a knight, but ends up with the bishop pair (especially a monster on c3) and better development. Unfortunately, just after this appeared on the board, the moves were repeated here too.

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The big game of the round was Fressinet-Grischuk, the only decisive game in fact. When three players (Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov) withdrew from this event, it was logical to invite some local heros. Earlier this year, at the Alekhine Memorial, Fressinet once again showed that he can compete with the very best, and he did so too in round 2 against Grischuk.

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This result was good news for Caruana. As mentioned before, if either the Italian or Grischuk wins this tournament outright, he will surpass Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the final standings of the overall Grand Prix to qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament (together with Veselin Topalov, who already won the GP).

Caruana himself had Black against Wang Hao — for the sixth time in six mutual games! When the Chinese player went for 6.Na4 against the Grünfeld, Caruana

“found the only way not to [equalize], and was suffering throughout the game,”

as he put it himself.

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Anish Giri was Black for the second day in a row, but this time he was more successful. He played a solid draw with the Petroff against Ruslan Ponomariov, and especially putting his queen to c5 (which he should have done also the other day!) was strong.

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Leinier Dominguez turned 30 on Monday but before he got to celebrate, he drew an interesting Open Ruy Lopez with Hikaru Nakamura, who seems to be widening his repertoire more and more. Move 22 seems to be the novelty but the American knew a few more moves and held the draw comfortably.

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Results & pairings

Round 1 15:00 CET 22.09.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 23.09.13
Fressinet ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Tomashevsky ½-½ Gelfand
Caruana ½-½ Bacrot   Dominguez ½-½ Nakamura
Ivanchuk ½-½ Dominguez   Bacrot ½-½ Ivanchuk
Nakamura ½-½ Tomashevsky   Wang Hao ½-½ Caruana
Gelfand 1-0 Giri   Fressinet 1-0 Grischuk
Round 3 15:00 CET 24.09.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 25.09.13
Grischuk - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Tomashevsky
Caruana - Fressinet   Dominguez - Giri
Ivanchuk - Wang Hao   Bacrot - Gelfand
Nakamura - Bacrot   Wang Hao - Nakamura
Gelfand  - Dominguez   Fressinet - Ivanchuk
Giri - Tomashevsky   Grischuk - Caruana
Round 5 15:00 CET 27.09.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 28.09.13
Caruana - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Dominguez
Ivanchuk - Grischuk   Bacrot - Tomashevsky
Nakamura - Fressinet   Wang Hao - Giri
Gelfand - Wang Hao   Fressinet - Gelfand
Giri - Bacrot   Grischuk - Nakamura
Tomashevsky - Dominguez   Caruana - Ivanchuk
Round 7 15:00 CET 29.09.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 30.09.13
Ivanchuk - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Bacrot
Nakamura - Caruana   Wang Hao - Dominguez
Gelfand - Grischuk   Fressinet - Tomashevsky
Giri - Fressinet   Grischuk - Giri
Tomashevsky - Wang Hao   Caruana - Gelfand
Dominguez - Bacrot   Ivanchuk - Nakamura
Round 9 15:00 CET 02.10.13   Round 10 15:00 CET 03.10.13
Nakamura - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Wang Hao
Gelfand - Ivanchuk   Fressinet - Bacrot
Giri - Caruana   Grischuk - Dominguez
Tomashevsky - Grischuk   Caruana - Tomashevsky
Dominguez - Fressinet   Ivanchuk - Giri
Bacrot - Wang Hao   Nakamura - Gelfand
Round 11 14:00 CET 04.10.13        
Gelfand - Ponomariov        
Giri - Nakamura        
Tomashevsky - Ivanchuk        
Dominguez - Caruana        
Bacrot - Grischuk        
Wang Hao - Fressinet        

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Round 2 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Gelfand,Boris 2764 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.00
2 Fressinet,Laurent 2708 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.00
3 Tomashevsky,Evgeny 2703 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.25
4 Caruana,Fabiano 2779 * ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.00
5 Nakamura,Hkaru 2772 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.00
6 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2757 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.00
7 Ponomariov,Ruslan 2756 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.00
8 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2731 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.00
9 Bacrot,Etienne 2723 ½ ½ * 1.0/2 1.00
10 Wang,Hao 2736 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 0.75
11 Grischuk,Alexander 2785 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50
12 Giri,Anish 2737 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50

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This report was cross-posted from ChessVibes with permission. All photos by Alina l'Ami courtesy of FIDE. You can follow the games live here.

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  • 9 mesi fa

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  • 12 mesi fa

    jbeest

    Excellent tournament coverage, as always.  Thank you.

  • 12 mesi fa

    Spuczan

    "Dominguez Perez, Leinier (2757) vs. Nakamura, Hkaru (2772)"

  • 12 mesi fa

    SebLeb0210

    I think this is litteraly the best blog ever

  • 12 mesi fa

    Krestez

     I really want Grischuk to win this and go into the Candidates. He's super strong and rarely loses. I hope he gets the wildcard at least.

  • 12 mesi fa

    Fixing_A_Hole

    So much chess with no fight in it.  At least Nakamura is always willing to stir things up.  

  • 12 mesi fa

    CP6033

    go gelfand!

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